As first settler in the area of Bicton, John Hole Duffield was granted the land in 1841 and named it after the village Bicton in South Devon, UK.
The whole of the Bicton area was of great cultural significance to the Aborigines, but especially Blackwall Reach, which provided a good fresh water supply and was an important camping and ceremonial ground.
Blackwall Reach, which contains a conservation reserve, has been identified as a significant site in terms of Aboriginal heritage. It is known as Jenalup or Dyundalup and the most sacred area is around the cliffs. The area was occupied by the Beeliar clan and is significant to women and children.
Bicton also features the Point Walter Golf Course, Conference and Recreation Hall, Point Walter Reserve, and Bicton Baths pool. The suburb has a Sunday morning market, the Melville Rotary Market, and is the home to the Bicton/Palmyra branch of the Returned And Services League Australia (RSL), the Bicton Environmental Action Group and Bicton Water Polo Club.
Point Walter foreshore and Bicton Quarantine Park are listed by the community as favourite places within the North West Neighbourhood. There is an annual concert at Point Walter, as well as the Broome to Bicton annual concert at Quarantine Park. The concert was started by local Bicton residents and the Clontarf Foundation and hosts WAs well-known indigenous band, the Pigram Brothers and guests each summer. It is an opportunity for local talent to showcase their music.
Bicton contains more than 90 hectares of total parkland area - which makes up almost 30 per cent of the total suburb area.
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